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Sunday
Aug172014

Watchdog - These images from Ferguson will terrify you  

Saturday
Aug162014

New Futures Statement on Synthetic Pot Overdoses 

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BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS CAN EMERGE AS LEADERS ON SYNTHETIC DRUG EPIDEMIC

 

New Futures asks that residents report any shops carrying the synthetic drug SMACKED! to local authorities. No amount of money is worth somebody’s child overdosing, and we hope local residents and businesses emerge as leaders on this issue. 

 

Synthetic drugs are a moving target from a policy perspective. House Bill 1446, a bill that would have banned synthetic marijuana, was referred to Interim Study in the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee. Before the next legislative session, the committee will study synthetic marijuana and make recommendations about how it should be handled in New Hampshire. New Futures wants to work with law enforcement, local businesses, and those personally affected by recent overdoses to address this problem.

 

Long term, recovery is more important than addiction. Improving access to prevention, treatment, and recovery supports can help reduce the demand for cheap highs off vague ingredients. 

 

New Futures is located in Concord and has identified synthetic drugs as a policy priority.

 

Friday
Aug152014

Edwards For NH Senate (D4) - Chief Edwards Proposes Marijuana Law Reforms 

Chief Edwards offers a pragmatic answer to injustice: 

Decriminalize Marijuana Possession.

Our state constitution demands that the punishment must fit the crime; however under current law being caught in possession of a pipe with as little as the burnt residue of marijuana therein is a criminal offence dooming the perpetrator to a lifetime of closed doors and lost opportunity.

One small mistake and the rest of your life is marginalized. The punishment does not fit the crime. 

I spent most of my adult life enforcing the laws of our great state, but watching time and time again as good people had their lives upended by one small mistake has always gnawed at me.  We also need to talk about the cost of an estimated 6.5 million dollars per year spent on enforcement added to our tax burden that does little to make us safer. 

Almost 40 years ago the state of Maine (which borders our district), decriminalized small amounts of marijuana possession with no discernable impact on the quality of life there.  It works there and it can work here. 

Making possession of a small amount of marijuana a violation level offence on par with our "open container" laws would still allow law enforcement to police our public spaces without creating marginalized citizens.   

Similar legislation has already passed the New Hampshire House of Representatives but failed to garner enough support in the Senate to make it to our governor's desk for signing. As the next state senator from District 4 I will support legislation to change this wrongheaded policy.


Chief Edwards
Dover NH

Offering thoughtful, intelligent solutions that empower
Tuesday
Aug052014

Dream Action Coalition - Dreamers Confront Rep. Steve King & Sen. Rand Paul in Iowa Fundraiser on Vote to Kill DACA 

Dreamers Confront Rep. Steve King & Sen. Rand Paul in Iowa Fundraiser on Vote to Kill DACA 
“Dreamers Not Afraid of Defending DACA from Anti-Immigrant Republicans. President shouldn't be Afraid to Take Executive Action” 

 
 
OKOBOJI, IOWA–  Prominent Dreamer Erika Andiola, who arrived to the U.S. at 11 years old, confronted Rep. Steve King at his Iowa fundraiser on his continued effort to kill DACA: “If you really believe in deporting Dreamers like myself, here is my DACA so you can rip it.” Rep. King suprised Erika spoke English. 
 
In 2012, the President promulgated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that granted deportation relief and work authorization to Dreamers - undocumented immigrant who arrived to the U.S. as children.
 
House Republicans voted on Friday to end DACA program and strip protections from undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, putting more than a half-million young people at risk for deportation despite their longstanding ties to the United States.
 
Erika joined Iowa Dreamers to help remind Rep. King that Dreamers are not afraid to defend DACA so President Obama shouldn’t be afraid to take executive action. 
 
Senator Rand Paul ran away as soon as the immigration discussion began. The video shows Paul's staff clearly extracting the Senator right away. Sen. Paul has been a leading figure for Republicans entering into 2016. However, the Kentucky Senator voted against immigration reform and is trying to repair his image with Latino voters. With Rep. Steve King as an ally, Latino voters will be suspicious of Sen. Paul's position in immigration.
 
 
 
Friday
Jul112014

NH Sen. Bradley Statement on Stephen Coco Returning to Jail 

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley released the following statement today concerning Judge Gillian Abramson’s ruling to return former Manchester police officer Stephen Coco to jail:

 

“The law that Hillsborough County Corrections Superintendent relied on to release Stephen Coco has been on the books since 1971.  The changes we made during the 2013 session strengthened the law’s oversight protections to ensure prosecutors have the opportunity to call for a judicial review in cases where they believe the superintendent’s decision may be inappropriate. 

 

“That is exactly what happened in this case, and I applaud Judge Abramson for her ruling which sends Stephen Coco back to jail to continue serving his sentence.”